Archive for 2004

Wrapping Up 2003

I’m not going to go into any detail about what has happened since my last post. I actually finished all of my Christmas shopping on time; it was finished on Christmas Eve, just in time for the main event. Overall, Christmas was pleasant and quite relaxing. I received a good percentage of the items on […]

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun for PS2

The game is not MOH: Frontline. That part is simple enough. While Frontline presented a big leap forward in graphics and attention to detail, Rising Sun makes only modest steps in the right direction. One reason for this may be the terrible rendering of trees and other fauna when viewed closely. While horizon-distance and even […]

Apparently, She’s Retardedly Hot

I forgot to mention that when Annie and I were Christmas shopping at the Selinsgrove Mall, we heard a 20-something shoe salesman in the Bon-Ton tell his female coworker, “I saw this girl the other night and she was, like, retardedly hot.” Way to go, Slick. I’m sure your coworker wants you even less than […]

Starving the Beast Makes it Hungrier

I read an interesting article in Time last night. It explained why the Bush “starve the beast” and tax cut policy will never work. A thorough explanation and examination of the Bush Administration’s economic policy coupled with a little common sense shows the tax cuts for what they really are: big business kickbacks that hurt […]

Meet Global Warming, She’s Schizophrenic

It’s cold outside. I’m not sure if you noticed. I noticed it because as I was cleaning the snow off my car this afternoon, my toes went numb. Yes, I checked to make sure that I was wearing shoes. Our outside thermometer is showing -1F degree, but the wind chill is reported to be about […]

Things that Should Be Mentioned

The past week and a half have witnessed a flurry of activity. I wanted to write something about each event, every day, but I just didn’t have the time. That seems to be a recurring issue in my life: I wanted to, but I ran out of time. Anyway, here’s a list of the past […]

Chaser Prevents Hangovers

I saw a commercial last night advertising Chaser, an unusual pill that will “prevent hangovers.” They said to take two pills for every three alcoholic beverages that you drink. This is just what we need: a pill to get rid of the effects of alcohol abuse–that way, you can drink yourself drunk and not have […]

Caffeinated Fun with Food and Drugs

I followed an interesting remaindered link from to a page that discloses the caffeine content of everyday foods and drugs. It’s interesting to see that one dose of Excedrin has more caffeine in it than a single dose of regular-strength No-Doz. That really wasn’t that surprising to me, since I knew that caffeine has […]

8 Train and the Fallout Over What Fell Out

So yesterday was quite the busy Sunday for me. It started out with me oversleeping and rushing a bit to make it to the Studio Theatre in time for the Playwright’s Festival, which featured 8 Train, a play written by my good friend, C. Ryan. It was an excellent example of a one-act play, with […]

Today is Grey Tuesday

In support of the Grey Album, a great remix created by DJ Danger Mouse, this site will be displayed in shades of gray today. The album takes advantage of the a cappella version of Jay-Z’s Black Album by remixing it with the music from the Beatles’ White Album. Hence, the Grey Album. The record has […]

Nice Weather for Annie’s Birthday!

The weather has been slowly warming up the past few days, but today was just wonderful. It was sunny with a slight breeze and the temperature was around 60 degrees. Baltimore was warmer, much to Annie’s delight; I happened to order a big helping of warm weather to celebrate her birthday today. Sorry, I don’t […]

What Book Are You?

You’re The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman! Though you’re interested in war, what you really want to know is what causes war. You’re out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they really are. Nevertheless, you’re always living in the past and have a hard time dealing with what’s going on today. You’re […]

University of Scranton’s 24-Hour Musical

No, it wasn’t a musical that lasted 24 hours. This past weekend, I took part in a stage production that spanned 24 hours from production to performance. On Friday, auditions were held for a play unknown to anyone except the directors and heads of production at 5:00 PM. At 7:00 PM, the actors were cast […]

Do the Evolution

I have been slightly obsessed with Pearl Jam‘s Do the Evolution video for the past week or so. Since I’ve never really been into the whole MTV thing since they stopped focusing on music, I missed the video when it first came out in 1998. Unlike most music videos, Do the Evolution is just as […]

Where’s the Exercise?

I just read an amusing little blurb in the March 10, 2004 issue of The Onion about exercise in America: Study: 58 Percent of U.S. Exercise Televised WASHINGTON, DC — According to a new Department of Health and Human Services study, 58 percent of all exercise performed in the U.S. is broadcast on television. “Of […]

Google Is a Funny Company

Click to Enlarge I noticed that Google introduced another new service that allows you to search for businesses by specifying some search terms and the general location (city and state or zip code). The new Local Search is just as useful as Google’s regular web search, and many times improved over other business directories/searches such […]

Spring Break Recap

Now that I’m back in Scranton and feeling the warmth of spring—and by warmth, I mean four-degree wind chill this morning—I figured that I’d recapitulate on the unbelievable events that took place over spring break. In actuality, break was a rather subdued affair that mostly consisted of sleeping in, catching up on some reading, and […]

Department of Photo Opportunities

If you still don’t have any doubts about the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security and the shamelessness of the Bush propaganda machine, this may convince you otherwise: Administration sources tell Time that employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been asked to keep their eyes open for opportunities to pose the President […]

Nothing Nice to Say is Back! Again!

Yes, that’s right, everyone’s favorite punk comic is back—well, at least the archives have returned. I’ve written once before about my excitement for Nothing Nice when Mitch came out of semi-retirement and did a few more strips back in August. However, that didn’t last very long; soon, the site was down and even the archives […]

I Feel Great!

I’m not sure how I found this site, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. As far as I can tell, Turnpike Films has done several commercials for major corporations. However, these aren’t your average, boring, or even mildly entertaining commercials. They’re rather bizarre. I recommend them all, but if you only watch one of them, make […]

Riding a Caffeine Wave

These past two weeks have been hectic and the next two weeks are going to be worse. I’ve been involved in 30 different things and haven’t had any time to write here, despite the fact that I have a lot that I want to write. In fact, I shouldn’t be writing now, but I’m procrastinating […]

Better than Speed Weblog?

A few months ago, I decided that I was going to develop a weblog system and offer it as a free download like Movable Type. Unlike MT, the system I was going to create would be simpler, completely dynamic, and powered by PHP and MySQL. I’m not a big fan of Perl and I don’t […]

Alexa Favelet

In the past few months, favelets (or bookmarklets) and I have become good friends when exploring this World Wide Web. I like a lot of the favelets found here and here, but I have not found one that looks up Alexa information for the page you are viewing. I now present my Alexa Favelet: Alexa. […]

Eisenhower’s Secret Pastime

I have a Page-A-Day calendar that features “365 Amazing Trivia Facts for 2004″ that I received this past Christmas. Yesterday (April 20) the calendar had this to say: Which U.S. president played minor league baseball? Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1911. He played in 14 games as an outfielder for Junction City in the Central Kansas […]

Fox News: Republican Television

The big story today happens to be the (accidental?) release of 361 images to the Memory Hole that show dead American soldiers’ arrivals and departures at air bases. Apparently, photos of these honor guards are not released to the press—nor are the media allowed to photograph these quiet non-ceremonies—because the Bush Administration does not want […]

Version Five

Today is a big day for Stephen’s Stuff! I’ve been working on a new version of the site for quite a while now. I’ve been busy so it had to be done in little steps, but I have the new design ready now and the PHP/MySQL backend is just about completed. Now, before you say, […]

A South Park Weekend

I don’t know if it was the stress getting to me or just pure procrastination, but I watched quite a bit of South Park this weekend. I’ve watched the show before—many times, in fact—but it’s not something like 24 that I watch with quasi-religious devotion. I watched a few episodes of South Park on Saturday […]

Gmail Goodness

For much of the past month, there has been a lot of buzz about Google’s new email service, Gmail. I wondered about the features of Gmail, but it was by invitation only so I felt left out. However, all that has now changed. I’m happy to announce that I now have a Gmail account with […]

Google AdSense Image Ads

Apparently, Google is now offering image ads in their AdSense program in addition to their established text ads. They are targeted—or relevant, as they say—but it seems a little odd for Google to divert their focus from a non-obtrusive advertising format to images. Perhaps Google isn’t making as much money with their AdSense as they […]

A Sneaky PayPal Fraud

I read this interesting snippet on Boing Boing: Until now, it’s been easy to spot a PayPal fraud site by the telltale URL. But here’s a PayPal fraud page that uses a Microsoft feature/bug (take your pick) to overwrite the scammer’s URL with a legitimate-looking URL. If you make the page small, you’ll be able […]

I’m Glad this One Is Over

It’s been one bumpy semester for me. After a relatively smooth and relaxed Fall 2003 semester, this semester was quite a shock. I don’t recall being this busy ever, and I know that my life has never been as hectic as it was these past eight weeks. Somewhere between Barefoot in the Park, the two […]

It’s Been a While

I’m really starting to wonder, “Where does the time go?” Even though I’m not working, per se, I can’t seem to find the time to get anything accomplished. I’m taking little chips out of my List of Things to Do whenever I get the chance, but the things I do finish are replaced by new […]

I Work for a Living

That’s the short answer to the question, “Why is he never online?” The longer version includes a verbose description of my two-week stint at an easy, but practically unpaid job as an “inventory specialist” and my three weeks (and counting) at a physically exhausting but well-paid industrial job. At this time, I have to go […]

I’m Still Here

I felt a strong need to write something, anything at all, so I don’t have to look at a two-month-old post as the most recent entry. I’d really like to do some fun stuff with this page, but it’s going to have to wait until the weekend. I won’t promise anything, but I think you’ll […]

Flash Blog Mob

Apparently, a few people stormed a recent post over at The Dead Parrots Society for a sight-seeing cruise/tour. It’s not really comment spam or a DOS attack, because there doesn’t seem to be any animosity among the comment posters (nor links to spam-like sites). I guess the best name for this event would be flash […]

Let’s Try This Again

I just want to state that this will mark a new direction for this site. I attempted to record every aspect of my day, week, or month in past efforts. The end result was that my weblog was a mixture of three-week recaps and short essays. It didn’t have any real personality or cohesion. I […]

Bush vs. Kerry, Round 1

Like 50 million other Americans, I watched the first presidential debate between George W. Bush and John F. Kerry on TV last night. I did not expect to hear any new platforms or any real debate between the candidates, considering the 30 pages of debate guidelines established by the two parties. Despite the inhibiting debate […]

Saddam’s Worth in GI’s

“And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam Hussein worth? And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait [in 1991], but also when the president made the decision that we’d achieved our objectives […]

Vote Kerry Button

I wanted to add a little John Kerry button to this site, but I didn’t like the downloads at the official site. And what kind of web designer recommends using an iframe for an image anyway? So I made my own John Kerry button! I used the flag from the official Kerry/Edwards images and added […]

Calling It “Faux News” Is So Last Week

“You may have wondered why Cheez Whiz is called ‘Cheez Whiz’ instead of, say, ‘Cheese Whise.’ I sure haven’t, but God knows what’s going on in that head of yours. Well, there is a reason: truth in labeling. Cheez Whiz shares many of the same characteristics of real cheese, such as, uh, it’s orange, and […]

The Political Spectrum

“I am, as far as I can tell, more or less a centrist, equally repelled by either extreme of the political spectrum. Indeed, I believe that the spectrum forms a full circle, with right and left merging, as they meet at their respective extremes, into luminous batshit evil.” by William Gibson

And I Knelt on the Floor

I went to Mass in the university chapel last night, and while it’s generally a nice little space, some seats don’t have kneelers. So long story short, I pay $30K a year to go to school and I had to kneel on the floor. How’s that for a lesson in humility?

Not Creepy Enough to Spam?

I received an amusing spam today from an email address based at in my Gmail account. I’ll bet that “kvfmdtmb” didn’t know that I have all of my email forwarded to Gmail, but he/she/it still should be careful because “Gmail is nearly immortal!” Don’t worry “kvfmdtmb,” your crap is “Spam.”

Election 2004 and the Aftermath

I wish I had written something on Wednesday, when all of my emotions were raw and vitrolic. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really write anything besides angry rants and whiny raves as a result of the deep emotions I felt. However, several other people summed up this election better than I could in its immediate aftermath. William […]

The Incredibles

Annie and I saw The Incredibles on Saturday. It really was as good as I expected and my expectations were sky-high for Pixar’s latest wonder. One point that has been mentioned in other reviews is the sense that The Incredibles feels more like an action movie than an animated one; it’s true. With the brilliant […]

Not Speaking English Is Hard

The other day the woman who cleans my apartment mentioned to me how hard it was to not speak English fluently. In the past, I assumed—wrongly, in fact—that Spanish was her first language, judging by her accent. However, she mentioned to me that she was originally from Bosnia and that she spoke Russian and German […]

Chris Rock on the Republicans

“The Republicans have convinced people that there’s a greater risk of a plane hitting their place of work than you actually losing your job. You know, you say you’ll protect us, but we never really got hit until you got here. We weren’t in danger until we met you.” — Chris Rock in an Onion […]

A Draft Dream

Last night, I dreamt that I was drafted by the Army to fight in Iraq. As part of a new law passed by Congress, students were no longer able to avoid the draft while they were in college. Unsettling as it was, I reported for basic training and received a rifle, a uniform, backpack, and […]

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

I spent a few late night hours playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas over the Thanksgiving break and loved every minute. It’s amazing that RockStar continues to trump insanely high expectations with each successive installment of the GTA series; they’ve improved on every area of the previous games in big ways. Before I get into […]

Time for a Break

It’s about time this past semester came to a close. It wasn’t as bad as last spring’s semester, lovingly referred to as “the semster that wouldn’t die,” but this one seemed busier than it should. I’m glad I didn’t involve myself in any Theatre stuff, because with 16 credits and workstudy, it seemed to take […]